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Battling Drug Addiction in Bethlehem

Testing

Initial tests were done on rats. These were divided into two groups, both given heroin water. One group had the vaccine injected into them whereas the other group did not. It was observed that the rats that were not given the heroin vaccine doubled their heroine consumption as compared to the vaccinated rats, which became blind to the drug and stopped consuming it with time. Moreover, there were no signs of relapse as well.

The drug hasnt been tested on humans as yet, but this may happen soon to see how well we respond to the vaccine.

Effects of Prescription Medication Addiction

In most cases, addiction to prescription medication is the direct result of the medication being appropriately prescribed for legitimate medical problems. The person rarely had any preconceived plans to abuse the medication, but two factors come into play. The individual may experience some relief from the drug, in conjunction with experiencing the euphoric feeling produced by many prescription medications. Whether it is due to the reduction in pain or an elevation in pleasurable feelings, the person begins to take additional medication. This decision is usually made independent of the physician who prescribed the medication and before the person realizes it, they find themselves with a mental obsession regarding the medication and a craving for more.

People have also been known to take prescription medication to deal with emotional problems. The only thing most of these medications do for emotional problems are "mask or numb" the actual feelings. Although the person may not experience the feeling or focus on the problem at a particular moment, in most cases, the problem is just exasperated by not learning how to effectively cope with the particular issue.

Lastly, people have been found to mix alcohol with prescription medications to accentuate the feeling of euphoria. They like to refer to this mixture as a "cocktail". What this creates is the potential for an overdose and should be avoided at all costs. If you require additional information on prescription medication addiction or need to locate a treatment center able to effectively treat this problem, please call Affordable Rehab of Bethlehem at call (412) 206-5021 and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Heroin Addiction in Bethlehem and its Severe Consequences

Nobody likes to remain in pain. Pain killers relieve the emotional or physical pain, but addiction sometimes becomes part of it. Heroin addiction is dangerous as it can impair normal functioning and can also take lives. Heroin, in the form of prescription pain killers like OxyContin, Vicodin, Oxycodone gets introduced to the youth. Statistically, 900,000 Americans of age 12 and older use the drug at least once, annually. Of these reported, 200,000 are believed to be regular users of heroin.

Understanding the Consequences

Estimated figures report that 23% of those who try heroin once, get addicted to it. Also, approximately 20 million people around the world are addicted to heroin.

The use of contaminated syringes and overdose are a major concern as it complicates the situation further. Additionally, heroin addicts are prone to diseases like HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis C.


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